Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is serving as Chair of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop titled “Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation: Exploring New Evidence.”
The Plainridge Park Casino has created job opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed, among other economic benefits, without an increase in problem gambling, according to the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study research team led by principal investigator and Research Professor of Epidemiology Rachel Volberg.
Frank Robinson (PhD ’94, Community Health Education) and Cristina Huebner Torres (PhD ’18, Epidemiology), both alumni of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and members of the SPHHS Community Advisory Board, were named 2019 Healthcare Heroes of Western Massachusetts by BusinessWest and Healthcare News.
Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recently appeared on a panel titled “Innovations in Nutrition & Health” at the Future of Food Summit held in September in New York City.
Faculty and students from the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences will be presenting their research findings over the course of the American Public Health Association’s 2019 annual meeting being held November 2-6 in Philadelphia, PA.
UMass Amherst students Arianna Kazemi, Connor Kennedy and Gabri Silverman, undergraduate winners of the American Statistical Association (ASA) Public Health Data Challenge, and their advisor, Associate Professor of Biostatistics Nicholas Reich, have published an article exploring the differences in the death, arrest and reoffending rates for opioid users in the USA.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst-based New Moms Wellness Study is recruiting pregnant women and new, breastfeeding moms for groundbreaking research into the impact of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables on breast cancer risk.
Five SPHHS faculty members have been promoted or granted tenure over the summer of 2019.
A UMass Amherst interdisciplinary research team has received a $3.1 million NIH grant to measure the impact of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables on the breast cancer risk of lactating women. In the unprecedented research, called the New Moms Wellness Study, environmental toxicologist Kathleen Arcaro, nutritionist Lindiwe Sibeko and cancer epidemiologist Susan Sturgeon will use breastmilk to assess whether eating at least eight to 10 daily servings of deeply pigmented and nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables reduces biomarkers of breast cancer risk.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences welcomes five new full-time faculty members into its ranks this academic year. New tenure-track faculty hires for Fall 2019 include Zhengqing Ouyang and Cassandra Spracklen in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and Wouter Hoogkamer and Amanda Paluch in the Department of Kinesiology. Elizabeth Salerno Valdez joins the Department of Health Promotion and Policy as a full-time lecturer.
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